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May 3, 2006 12:48:59 AM

Looking to buy mobo and can't seem to find the diff b/w Asus A8N SLI or the MSI K8N Neo4 SLI. Which is better? Any diff at all?

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May 10, 2006 12:39:16 PM

Of course there are 3 Asus boards, :arrow:
http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?cid=6&id=...

MSI has a good quality sound card chip which will save on computing (CPU) power and money to buy the card.(slots are only 3 so it gives you a fourth PCI slot in a way.) or saves one.
extra Serial ATA II on board / raid controller
The MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI comes with two Gigabit network ports
MSI is the PLAY School colour coded board. :arrow:
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1734&p...

They look very much alike.

However the A8N32-SLI Deluxe is a better board--but I am seeing alot
about Asus on this forum and are still trying to sort it out. One fellow
by the handle wusy has a gripe over Asus...

Personally I would like to go Abit. But 2 pci slots, heat pipe issues,and
no sound chip make it a no show. Their card for AM2 is superb from a
layout point of view.

My requirements are, AT133 support, sata, HEAT PIPES (for a cold case setup) sound card on the main board--cudo's to MSI on that, and 3 PCI.
STABILITY--is a must and these top boards are stable.
Good Capasitors---if a cap goes there goes the board--usually the top boards have good caps....but not always.(Abit does)

A wish list is two seperate USB 2.0 CONTROLLERS + DOWN STREAMS ON EACH---not just one with alot of down streams--(on the board)
Two ethernet connectors (LAN) ----Asus and MSI do this

This is a review site also......
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/msi...

Read and educate yourself---I think you have just been looking at the short listed features.
May 10, 2006 1:18:09 PM

If you plan on doing much overclocking, well, MSI motherboards don't do it very well. I can't speak for the ASUS as I tend to buy only MSI. Had some probs with a couple of ASUS boards (Socket A) a few years back so I just don't buy 'em. You may safely conclude that I'm not an overclocker.

At stock speeds, MSI components run as they're supposed to and that makes them fine for me. Note that I've only had 1 problem board with MSI. I RMA'd it to MSI, who repaired or replaced it (I don't know (or care) which), sent it back to me and it works like a charm.

If you are an overclocker, you may wish to take a look at the DFI boards. They are getting a real good reputation in that area and seem to be very nicely appointed.
May 10, 2006 1:51:05 PM

Asus
Expansion slot
PCI Express x16 2
PCI Express x1 1
PCI Slots 3
Other Slots 1 x PCI Express X4

Storage
PATA 2 x ATA100 up to 4 Devices
PATA RAID NV RAID 0/1/0+1 JBOD
SATA 1.5 Gb/s 4
SATA 3Gb/s 4
SATA RAID NV RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD
Additional RAID Controller Sil 3114



MSI

PCI Express x16 2
PCI Slots 3

Storage
PATA 2 x ATA100 up to 4 Devices
PATA RAID RAID 0/1/0+1
SATA 3Gb/s 6
SATA RAID RAID 0/1/0+1

Pretty much this is the only difference beside some minor things.

I have been using Asus for years and NEVER had one single problem with them. Loving their motherboards, they are pretty good at over clocking I got an Asus P5WD2 Premium with a P-D 940 I can OC it to 4.56Ghz and it is not the max yet!! I can still push it more
http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc.php?id=92405
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